Kingsland Road to perform at Rugby event in memory of Joel

Joel meets X Factor finalists Kingsland Road in hospital.
Joel meets X Factor finalists Kingsland Road in hospital.

X-Factor favourites Kingsland Road have agreed to play at a fun day in the park in memory of a Hillmorton teenager who died from leukaemia.

The popular five-piece boyband will play in honour of Joel Smith, who lost his life aged just 15.

Party in the Park Reloaded is the name of the charity event being held to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust on Saturday, August 30.

Kingsland Road’s Connor, 19, grew up in Cawston and attended Bilton School - the same school as Joel.

His aunt Hayley Hammond, who was the driving force behind Party in the Park at Caldecott Park last year, started arranging the event with Joel before he tragically lost his battle with the disease in April.

She said: “We are all so excited to have Kingsland Road playing at the event. Joel met them while he was in hospital and they were brilliant. They will be doing a few acoustic songs and then a signing.”

Joel’s family and friends have raised thousands in his honour but hope this will be the best yet.

Hayley said: “We managed to raise £3,200 for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the last event.

“I’m hoping we can raise more this year in memory of Joel, who was a great lad who fought bravely and with humour until the end.”

The family fun day has a packed programme of entertainments. Attractions includes fun fair rides, stalls, performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, music and bands. There will be a beer tent thanks to Wood Farm Brewery. It starts at 11.30am and if you would like more information search Party in the Park Reloaded on Facebook or telephone 07976 905415.